American League Game Summary - Detroit at New York|
(Friday, April 27th)
Final Score: New York 7, Detroit 6
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter had his 15-game hitting streak
snapped, but his savvy baserunning lifted the New York Yankees past the
Detroit Tigers, 7-6, on Friday in a rematch of last year's ALDS.
With the score tied 6-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Jeter,
who went 0-for-4, drew a one-out walk. On the final pitch of Curtis
Granderson's at-bat, also a walk, Jeter advanced all the way to third on
Brayan Villarreal's (0-1) pitch in the dirt that ricocheted sharply
off of Alex Avila's shin guard.
Jeter then came home on a passed ball during Alex Rodriguez's plate
appearance to give New York its fifth win in its last seven games.
Rodriguez finished with three hits, including a solo homer, two RBI and a pair
of runs scored, while Mariano Rivera (1-1) picked up the win with a 1-2-3
"It was nice to start the homestand with a good win, especially being behind
twice in that game and being able to come back against a top-notch pitcher
like [Justin] Verlander," remarked Rodriguez. "It's definitely a good sign."
With his run-scoring single in the third, Miguel Cabrera (29 years, nine days)
became the sixth youngest player to reach 1,000 RBI in MLB history. Only Mel
Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. have reached the
"He's a tremendous young player, there's no question about that," said Detroit
manager Jim Leyland about Cabrera. "He'll get another thousand before his
career's over. He's that kind of player."
Mired in a 3-for-24 slump, Austin Jackson registered four hits, drove in
two runs and scored twice for Detroit, which defeated New York in five games
in last year's ALDS.
Justin Verlander allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits in a six-
inning start for Detroit.
The Yankees opened the scoring with a run in the first. Granderson slapped a
one-out double down the right-field line. Rodriguez plated him after looping a
single into shallow right field.
The Tigers, though, went ahead by plating a run in the second and two in the
Don Kelly opened the second with a walk and Brad Eldred lined a broken-bat
triple past a diving Raul Ibanez in left field to bring him home.
In the third, Jackson and Brennan Boesch opened the frame with back-to-back
singles. Cabrera slapped a base hit through the vacated hole on the right side
to score Jackson and Prince Fielder followed with a ground-ball single past a
diving Jeter to plate Boesch, making it 3-1.
New York got a run back in the fourth on Rodriguez's home run to right field,
his fourth of the year, and regained its advantage with a two-run fifth.
Eric Chavez began the inning with a single and Russell Martin smacked an
opposite field two-run homer that just cleared the wall in right-center field
to make it 4-3.
But the pendulum swung back in Detroit's favor following a three-run sixth.
Jhonny Peralta led off the frame with a double down the left-field line and
Ryan Raburn followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Jackson then
plated them both with a double over the head of Nick Swisher in right field,
giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Jackson then scored on a single by Fielder.
The Yankees capitalized on an error to tally a run in their half of the sixth.
Swisher lined a two-out double to left field and Ibanez followed with a
scorcher right at Kelly in left field. But he misjudged the trajectory of the
ball and it sailed past his glove as Swisher crossed the plate to make it 6-5.
Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly to deep center field in the eighth inning tied
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected from the game in the eighth inning for
arguing balls and strikes...Ivan Nova gave up six runs on 11 hits and three
walks in 5 1/3 innings for New York...Verlander had registered 46 straight
quality starts, the longest streak in the league...Jeter's 15-game hitting
streak was his longest since a 16-game stretch from May 17-June 2, 2009.
04/28 01:59:52 ET